At least 11 people, including a judge, were killed and 25 others injured Monday when suicide attackers threw grenades and fired indiscriminately in the premises of a local court in Islamabad, Pakistan.
“The two gunmen when challenged blew themselves up. This was a suicide attack,” Inspector General of Police Sikandar Hayat told reporters.
Dr Ayesha of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences said 11 people were dead and over 25 were brought in as injured of whom five are in serious condition. He said majority of the killed and injured were young lawyers.
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Additional Session Judge Rafaqat Ahmad Khan was among those killed.
The attack comes just days after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Islamabad was a safe city.
This is the first terrorist attack in the heart of Islamabad in a long time. A large number of expatriates stay in the F-8 area of the capital where the attack took place.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen, first threw grenades and then fired indiscriminately with assault rifles.
The incident happened around 9 AM and firing continued for nearly 15 minutes.
Rangers personnel and commandos secured the area after the attack and carried out search operations.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, who had announced a ceasefire two days back, announced that his group was not involved in the attack.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took notice of the attack. A three-member bench headed by the chief justice will hear the case regarding the attack tomorrow.
The Interior Secretary will also appear before the court along with Chief Commissioner of Islamabad and police chief.
The federal capital is heavily secured and is considered as one of the safest city in Pakistan. However, today’s attack has put the security lapses under scanner.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Nisar condemned the attack. Bar Councils across Pakistan have called for a strike today to condemn the blast.